Longford retained the Ladies Leinster Intermediate Football Championship title with an 11 point win over London in the final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday last.
But London didn’t let Longford have it their own way and in the first half especially they really put it up to the firm favourites; scoring a goal and creating a few other goal chances. Michelle Farrell had opened the scoring for Longford but a point from Caroline Benson and a goal from Sinead McCooey put London ahead by the 8th minute.
Longford responded very well and in the 10th minute Sharon Treacy scored a neat goal. Another Farrell point edged them in front but London hit back to score two points. Michelle Farrell was then on target twice but in the 23rd minute they were reduced to 14 players when Jacinta Brady was sinbinned.
A fifth Farrell point followed in the 24th minute but London then created two goal chances. In the 27th minute Shona Barry blasted her effort wide when she really should have scored. Two minutes later Longford keeper Michelle Kilkenny pulled off a fantastic double save to deny McCooey and then Barry.
In first half stoppage time Longford stretched their lead to 6 points (2-6 to 1-3) when Michelle Farrell converted a penalty after Elizabeth Brady was fouled. The first score of the second half didn’t come until the 43rd minute through Longford defender Louise Monaghan and then Claire Greene got a point.
After going 31 minutes without a score London got a point in the 48th minute through Hannah Noonan but Longford finished strongly with points from Claire Greene (2), Michelle Noonan (free), Michelle Farrell along with a goal from Orla Noonan and can now look forward to the All-Ireland quarter-final.
LONGFORD: Michelle Kilkenny; Leanne Keegan, Marie Brady, Mairead Moore; Michelle Noonan, Lauren Farrell, Louise Monaghan (0-1); Elizabeth Brady, Jacinta Brady; Michelle Farrell (1-6, 3f), Anne Marie Bratten, Sharon Treacy (1-0); Emer Heaney, Emer Kiernan, Sarah Tierney (0-1).
Subs:- Claire Greene (0-3) for AM Bratten (18 mins); Orla Noonan (1-0) for E Kiernan (half-time); Anna McDonnell for M Noonan (half-time), Aisling Reynolds for S Tierney (45 mins); Keri Harmon for E Heaney (60 mins).
LONDON: Maria King; Cait McCarra, Niamh Murphy, Angela Kenneally; Aoife Greene, Laura Power, Sarah Quinn; Helen Hughes, Hannah Noonan (0-3, 2f); Shona Barry, Renee Murphy (0-1), Caroline Benson (0-1); Verona Ni Dhisceoil, Sinead McCooey (1-1), Rebecca Mills.
Subs:- Helen Murphy for R Murphy (34 mins); Jessica Hyde for A Kenneally (43 mins); Helen Stephenson for R Mills (60 mins).
Referee: Niall McCormack (Laois).